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While the province produced the players that are most closely associated with the whirling attack move, the juniors in Quebec can no longer use the tool for shootouts or penalty shots.
If you're a fan of finesse goals, you probably love it. If you're a goaltender, it's the bane of your existence. But now if you play in the Quebec League, you won't be allowed to use the spin-o-rama move in the shootout or during a penalty shot. So this bit of fun is dead:
That was actually a spin-o-rama and a half, but no matter. If it happens from now on, the referee will stop the play and call "no goal."
I can understand the intent here. The debate over spin-o-ramas and the concept of forward motion (you're going backwards!) is pretty firmly rooted in logic. It's also a very difficult move to stop - I can only think of one case in which I've seen the trick stopped live and that was by Western Michigan recruit Ben Blacker at the camp for Canada East's World Jr. A Challenge team (and that kid literally didn't let anything get past him during the game).
Not that deadly efficiency should render the move illegal. But the whole puck-moving-forward argument is a decent one. If anything, my argument is sentimental: Both men who popularized the move, Serge Savard and Denis Savard, are Quebec products. How can the 'Q' ban the spin-o-rama?
It's a moot point now and the QMJHL did introduce two other rule changes. The first involves pucks going in off skates: If the puck is deflected off a player's skate, even if he is in the process of stopping, it's a good goal. Also, any shot directed at the net that goes out of play will result in a faceoff in the offensive zone instead of the neutral zone, even if, for example, it goes off the crossbar and out.